These reports on the Family Resource Centers are required by DCF's budget, line item 4000-0051, which must be renewed annually. This reporting requirement remains in effect in the FY 2018 budget. (see https://malegislature.gov/Budget/FinalBudget).
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is mandated to provide biannual progress updates to the Secretary of Administration and Finance, the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means, and the Chairs of the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities regarding these programs, and is required to submit a biannual report with the following information on or around March 15 of the fiscal year to the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means, which may include but is not limited to:
- The number of children and families served at each center
- The types of programs, program outcomes, client feedback and progress on data sharing between centers
The budget language also mandates that the network of child and family service programs shall coordinate with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Department of Early Education and Care, and municipal police departments to provide emergency assistance to runaway children at times when the Juvenile Court is not open, consistent with the requirements of section 39H of chapter 119 of the General Laws.
DCF has published and made available the reports for FY 2015, of which there are two identical versions published by Salem State University and UMass Medical School in October 2015 and September 2015 respectively, and FY 2016, of which there are two identical versions published by UMass Medical School in March 2017 and September 2017 respectively.
- Family Resource Center Program Evaluation Report - March 2017 (UMass)
- Family Resource Center Program Evaluation Report-September 2017 (UMass)